The Chief Medical Advisor to the President expressed frustration at the fact that in some cases, not getting the vaccine has become something of a political statement:
Where there are high levels of vaccination, there’s low levels of infection, low hospitalization, and almost no deaths. Where you have no vaccination, you have higher levels of infection, higher risk, and hospitalization. It’s not complicated, Chris… This is not complicated. We’re not asking anybody to make any political statement one way or another. We’re saying, “Try and save your life, and that of your family, and that of the community.”
We have so many things, as you said, so many diseases that I deal with that don’t have solutions. It’s very frustrating. You don’t have a treatment or you don’t have a vaccine. Here we have a vaccine that’s highly, highly effective in preventing disease and certainly in preventing severe disease and hospitalization. It’s easy to get. It’s free. And it’s readily available. So, you know, you’ve got to ask, what is the problem? Get over it. Get over this political statement. Just get over it and try and save the lives of yourself and your family.